Make sweet summer memories with these local activities.
It's the season of soft serve ice cream, suntans, and stories to share. As another memorable summer is upon us, you can use this bingo checklist to make the most of it! Check out some of the best summer activities below.
1. Mural Tours
StreetSpark Mural Tour — Download the StreetSpark Map and visit all 14 vibrant murals throughout Hamilton.
Middletown Mural Tour — Adventure through art with this interactive map that will take you to 16 local murals.
2. Local Creamy Whips
The Cone (Pictured) — This local favorite features famous soft-serve ice cream, kiddie rides and games too.
Flub's Dariette — This 50-year-old ice cream stand is a summer staple, with locations in Fairfield, Hamilton and Ross.
Spring Street Treats — Specializing in soft-serve treats with a ton of flavors and toppings to choose from.
The Dip — A perfect sign of summer is a cone, banana split, ice cream sundae, or milkshake from this stand in Fairfield.
3. Nature & Hiking Trails
Nation Road Horse Rental — Explore the scenic trails of Oxford on horseback with any of these four guided trails.
Rentschler Forest — This 400+ acre park offers trails, a prehistoric Indian earthwork, wetlands, and river views.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park — Over 300 acres of hills, valleys, and ponds adorned with 80+ monumental sculptures.
4. Local Museums
Salty Dog Museum (Pictured) — This tactile museum takes you through the evolution of classic automobiles.
EnterTRAINment Junction — Featuring multiple exhibits, like the A-Maze-N Funhouse and Imagination Junction.
BC Warbirds — This museum that includes historic aircrafts, including the wonder and history of flight.
Wake Nation (Pictured) — No boat, no problem! Go wakeboarding, water skiing or conquer the Adventure Zone.
Oxford Aquatic Center — Make a splash in their huge pool, lazy river, kiddie area, or on the waterslides.
The Jug (Pictured) — Established in 1932, this local icon serves classic cheeseburgers and rootbeer floats by car hop.
Jolly's Drive In — Over 70 years, keeping old-fashioned burgers, chili-dogs and root beer as their focus.
7. Get Active
Great Miami River Trail — Almost 100 miles of beautiful paved trails and river views, connecting different communities.
BAABs Kayaking — Rent a kayak and choose their 4, 6, or 8 mile runs along the Great Miami River.
Spoken Bicycles — Bikes and brews are combined at this unique shop, including bike rentals to explore Middletown.
Harbin Park — This park in Fairfield is regionally-renowned for it's mountain biking trails for all experience levels.
DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas. The Program allows people to order an alcoholic beverage from a participating establishments and explore the city while drinking (in designated areas). Find DORAs in parts of Hamilton, Liberty Center, Middletown, and Oxford. Specific rules vary by each city, learn more here.
The Butler County Donut Trail is a favorite summer tradition for some families and friends. A new t-shirt color and design comes out every year, so you can complete the trail and collect a new t-shirt every summer. It's a fun activity for everyone, and you are able to do it in one day, over a weekend, or over a few months. Learn more about the Donut Trail and get our top tips here.